Dismiss Divorce Petition and Submit New Application
This service is for people who wish to proceed with divorce but cannot as their spouse previously petitioned for divorce but is now stalling and unwilling to progress the divorce.
Who is this service suitable for?
To qualify to apply for divorce in England or Wales you must either:
- Currently live in England or Wales ( and be of any nationality), OR
- Live overseas but have a strong link to England or Wales (e.g. born in UK, have UK passport)
It does not matter which country you got married in - you can still divorce here.
You must have been married for 12 months before you can start a divorce.
If you, your spouse or your children are not UK nationals then please call our helpline for further advice.
What is the legal process?
Our partner law firm will manage your whole case from start to finish, including completing all of the necessary legal forms and submitting your case to court. To begin the process simply place an order online or speak to one of our expert advisors on our free telephone helpline.
1) Place Order
Click the "Order Now" button below to place an order on our website. You can pay by debit or credit card, or by cheque. If you have any questions about our service or if you want to order by phone, just call us on freephone: 01202 805020.
2) Questionnaire Sent Out
We will send you (by email or post) a very simple questionnaire to gather basic information such as your name, address, date of marriage and place of marriage.
3) Return Questionnaire
You complete the questionnaire and return it to us. You also send us a copy of correspondence so far from the court or your spouse's solicitor, including the divorce petiton.
4) Submit Petition
We draft and submit the required documents to the court - this includes and application to dismiss your spouse's petition "for want of prosecution" (there is a court fee of £155 for this application) and we will also submit a new divorce petition form naming you as the petitioner (there is a £550 court fee for the new divorce petition).
The court will notify your spouse by sending them a copy of the petition. Your spouse will need to sign and return a short form to the court to acknowledge receipt of the petition. If they do not respond to the divorce then we can still proceed with the divorce but there will be an additional cost of around £400 to cover a process server to serve the papers and an application for deemed service.
6) Decree Nisi
Once the acknowledgement is received we will apply to the court for a Decree Nisi. A judge will review the application and provided everything is in order then the divorce will be approved in principal and the Decree Nisi issued.
7) Decree Absolute
The Decree Absolute is the final certificate that legally ends the marriage. We can apply for this on your behalf 6 weeks after the Decree Nisi.
What is included in the service?
This comprehensive service includes all of the following:
Qualified lawyers will open a case file for you and will manage the whole process from start to finish. They will provide legal advice on matters relating directly to the divorce process (This does not include advise on financial or child arrangements).
We handle all communication to and from the court. We will also correspond with your spouse (and/or their solicitor). We will provide you with regular email updates as the case progresses.
We provide, complete and check all of the forms that the court require. All you need to do is to provide the basic information for your case such as personal and marriage details.
How much does this service cost?
This is a fixed fee service, the following costs are payable:
- Our lawyer's fixed fee for this service is £299 payable when you order.
- There is a court fee of £155 to dismiss your spouse's application.
- There is also a court fee for your new application of £550.
The above costs add up to a total of £509 (including VAT).
How long will this service take?
To dismiss the application and proceed with a new application up to completion of the final stage of Decree Absolute will take around 4 to 7 months.
Who provides this service?
This service is managed from start to finish by a well respected law firm with a strong specialist team of experienced family lawyers, unlike other online divorce websites who use unqualified "case managers".
For your protection this service will be fully managed by a specialist family law firm that is accredited and regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.
As the leading divorce support website in the UK, Wikivorce is in a position to select the very best family law firms to provide our legal services. Our partner law firms have been hand picked by Wikivorce based on assessment of their knowledge and expertise in family law cases including divorce, child matters and financial settlements. We carefully monitor customer satsifaction to ensure a quality service.
Our specialist family law firms are all Lexcel accredited which is the Law Society's quality mark for excellence in legal practice management and client care.
Our solicitors are committed to providing a high quality professional service. We have worked with each of them to implement efficient, modern IT systems so that the lawyers can provide you with regular updates on the progress of your case and provides peace of mind that your case is in good hands.
Why should I choose Wikivorce?
There are clear benefits to using the Wikivorce service compared to other options:
Unlike other online divorce companies, our services are fully managed by high street firms of solicitors, who are regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. They have Lexcel accreditation which is the Law Society's mark of quality and excellence. You also have the added protection of Professional indemnity insurance and the Legal Ombudsman.
Our fixed fee services are around 50% to 70% cheaper than your local high street solicitor. There are several reasons for this. We receive funding from the government and charities which subsidises the cost. We have invested in developing very efficient IT systems, and we handle thousands of cases each year, we are happy with a very small profit from each case.
Whilst you can do a DIY divorce and fill in the legal forms yourself, it is not straightforward and it is very easy to make a mistake. Currently around 50% of DIY divorce applications are rejected by the courts. It costs £95 in court fees to submit a correction and it delays the case by around 6 to 8 weeks. You also still have to pay the £550 court fee in a DIY divorce.
Divorce is about much more than the forms and legal paperwork. There are a huge number of questions and concerns that people have when they are suddenly faced with dealing with a relationship breakdown. Wikivorce is truly unique in providing you with 24 hour a day access to an active and caring support community to help you deal with these issues.
Our services have all been designed to be convenient and easy to access. Designed for busy people, we handle the whole process via email and over the telephone to fit around your lifestyle. So you can relax knowing you are in good hands. We provide regular updates on the progress of your case and our helpline is open 7 days a week up until 8pm.